The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Boy King & The Giant

This posting on Pappy's Golden Age Comic Blogzine features the type of story that could have only come out of the U.S. during World War II.  A small kingdom in Europe is overrun by the Nazis, who shoot the royal family and most of the population.  A loyal servant discovers the prince and king are still alive.  The prince survives his wounds, and before the king dies, he tells his son about a giant, built by Nostradamus no less, with which the Boy King can save the kingdom.  After crushing (literally) the Nazis, the Boy King has the Giant tow all of the remaining citizens to the "Promised Land," America.  Yes, I know.  It is a bit over the top.  Remember, however, that in 1943, it was not exactly clear that the Allies would win the war, and comic books boosted morale.

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